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Young apprentice celebrates lifetime skills with local MP

Chris White MP met up with 17 year old Harry Smith, one of Aubrey Allen's young apprentices based at its butcher's shop and delicatessen in Leamington Spa to mark National Apprenticeship Week today.

It also signalled the success and key role that Aubrey Allen has played in pioneering a new apprenticeship standard for the UK butchery industry through the Butchery Trailblazer Employer Group, which came into effect this year.

Harry Smith, who lives in Whitnash joined Aubrey Allen in May 2014 said: “I chose the apprenticeship route at Aubrey Allen because I liked the idea of earning whilst I learnt and getting hands-on butchery training and qualifications at the same time.

"The best thing about my apprenticeship is learning new skills in a practical environment. I have to take responsibility for my own work which gives me a sense of pride. It’s much better than I expected it would be and I’m really loving my apprenticeship", he added.

Chris White MP said: "Harry is a shining example of how apprenticeships can help young people to learn invaluable new skills and training, which last a lifetime. It’s also great for employers like Aubrey Allen, which benefits from highly skilled and trained individuals who become loyal employees. I am pleased more employers are thinking about taking on apprentices because of the real value they add to their businesses."

Lucianne Allen, who chairs the Butchery Trailblazer Employer Group said: "Harry's development as a young apprentice butcher underlines the significance this new standard provides and reinforces the importance of the scheme in securing the future of the butchery trade, as well as giving individuals lifetime skills which are linked to real jobs."

Chris White MP with Harry Smith